Got a taste for Tokyo? How about Tokyo by the sea in your very own Tassie escape?
Terry Lanning and Michi Nakanishi created Kabuki by the Sea in 1992, after deciding to leave their three Sydney restaurants and move to the calm of Tasmania. They settled near Swansea on what they feel is the most spectacular coast on the island.
When Kabuki opened it was just a restaurant with Tasmanian fare and a Japanese influence. They do present authentic Japanese dishes, but there are options such as fish and chips, so almost everyone can find something they fancy there.
Their business grew to become a ryokan, a Japanese Inn authentic in almost every way but there's no sleeping on the floor or sharing a public bathroom!
The cottages were built in stages there are now five, and they plan to eventually have 10. The completed cottages consist of four with one bedroom and one with two bedrooms. Each is separate and self-contained with views. Bedrooms are separate and there is a sitting/dining room with kitchen facilities and bathroom. Japanese paintings and antiques have been used throughout.
The location is just wonderful. Terraces 24m above sea level with views taking in Great Oyster Bay to Maria and Schouten Islands and Freycinet Peninsula. While it is just 10 minutes from Swansea it stands alone on its cliff in perfect peace and serenity just as a good ryokan should.
It is just a short walk to a charming beach, but not too many brave entering the water which comes from the Antarctic. Nevertheless it is a lovely spot for a stroll or to simply sit and contemplate.
Swansea is a popular holiday destination it retains an old charm and is perfect for a quiet getaway.